"Sheena’s blend of vulnerability, practical wisdom, and heartfelt care has had a profoundly healing and transformative effect on our organization in a way that is hard to overstate. She leads by holding a beautiful emotional space where staff feel deeply valued, heard, and seen, and then in turn are able to bring their best selves to the work. She's helped us create a day-to-day organizational culture that is actually aligned with our highest values, making it a joy to do the work and preventing the kind of tension and conflict that can be so draining and discouraging.
As an executive, I now no longer approach potential issues or crises with feelings of stress, dread, and isolation. Instead, I feel a sense of calm and real support, knowing that Sheena will be there to guide a process that honors our values and everyone’s emotional needs, while serving our bottom-line priorities.
If I had a time machine, I would have hired Sheena twenty years ago and saved myself two decades of the stress of being an executive without this kind of leadership support. Hiring her may be one of the most transformative decisions you make as a leader, both for your own self-care and growth and for the well-being of your organization."
"Sheena is the best manager I ever had. She has an amazing ability to help people see their blind spots and guide staff through their own process of understanding. Though she has the intelligence and experience to come up with brilliant plans on her own, Sheena's true gift is to cultivate the inherent gifts of others and facilitate a process in which they come up with the best plans for them. She leaves people feeling empowered, self-assured and, most importantly, with a feeling of ownership and responsibility over their own work. She inspires you to do the best work you are capable of, through compassion, honesty and a whole lot of charm. Sheena Wadhawan's genius is that she understands the human element of work."
"Leading a diverse staff providing services to an equally diverse community is challenging. At the Employment Justice Center, we found that the diverse communities we served had different work experiences and demanded different strategies. It was important to us to be mindful of these differences as we developed programs and priorities. Sheena’s leadership and guidance during those conversations challenged me to clearly articulate our mission and test it against our vision of racial equity.
Sheena’s insights come from her personal experience and a deep commitment to calling people in rather than out. She is also bright, funny and warm – important characteristics in someone who is challenging others in ways that might be uncomfortable."
"Sheena has been incredibly critical to my growth as a leader and a human being. When I realized that the only way to be truly free to do the work I was called to do was to let my worst fears come true, Sheena was right there by my side. She couldn't take away the pain of that moment but she made damn sure I knew I wasn't alone and that she would do whatever was necessary to make sure I got through that moment. With her support, I was able to break through my blockages and create a life where I was free and able to do my calling. That's why I call her a 'movement doula'. She facilitates movement in people so we can show up for our movements more powerfully."